Republican candidates won the local vote in a landslide.

Of the 5,662 registered voters across the county, 3,546 cast ballots, with 86.19 percent - 1,452 of 1,811 - of straight party voters favoring the Republican party.

On Election Day, 1,375 ballots were cast, adding to the already high voter turn out.


In the race for commissioner, Pct. 3, Republican Kenneth "Woody" Wood led the race over Democrat Marty McPherson.

When final results were tallied, Wood had garnered a little more than 67 percent of the vote over McPherson's, who received a little less than 33 percent.

Following the victory, Wood said he was appreciative of the support from voters in precincts 3 and 6.

The election was Wood's first bid for office and following weeks of campaigning, he said he was glad election season was over, but he is focused on the future. Wood said he i s ready to roll up his sleeves and put his business sense to work for the county.

In the race for constable, Pct. 2, Republican Craig Dodson garnered an overwhelming majority - almost 70 percent of the vote - compared to the little more than 30 percent garnered by Thompson.

Calls to Dodson for comment were not immediately returned.

District 59

J.D. Sheffield, (R-Gatesville) also won locally after garnering almost 80 percent of the vote in the race for State Representative, District 59.

It was much of the same across the district where returns showed Sheffield garnered a little more than 78 percent of the vote.

District 59 includes Somervell, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

Sheffield defeated longtime incumbent Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) in the Republican primary and faced a new challenge from Bill Norris (D-Dublin) Tuesday.

In Somervell County, a little more than 20 percent of the vote went to Norris, compared to almost 22 percent district-wide.

Norris withdrew from the race in October following medical issues, but his name still appeared on the ballot. Less than a month after announcing he was stepping out of the race, Norris reportedly made a comeback in late October, posting his return on Facebook and sharing the news with the Gatesville Messenger. He did not inform the Reporter of his return or notify the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, located in his county of residence.

State, federal

Libertarian candidate Tim Kilbride (Waco) was no challenge for incumbent Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), State Senator, District 22.

In Somervell County, a little more more than 90 percent of voters favored Birdwell and the incumbent garnered a little more than 78 percent of the votes across the district.

The gap narrowed in the races for U.S. Senator and Representative, District 25.

Republic Ted Cruz garnered 78 percent of the county vote. While he took the majority across the state, Wednesday morning counts showed Cruz with more than 58 percent of the vote and Democrat Paul Sadler with 40.45 percent.

In the race for District 25, Republican Roger Williams was favored by almost 79 percent of Somervell County voters and backed by more than 58 percent statewide.

Republicans also led the races for Railroad Commissioner, Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and the Board of Education.

See complete results from the county ballot attached.